U.S. to Send Old Attack Planes to Mideast, Shift Newer Jets to Asia, Europe

(Reuters) —
An A-10 Thunderbolt II over the skies of Afghanistan, during Operation Enduring Freedom, May 8, 2011. (U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. William Greer)

The U.S. will send old A-10 attack planes in exchange for more advanced combat aircraft in the Middle East as part of efforts to shift more modern fighters to the Pacific and Europe to deter China and Russia, the Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday.

The deployment of the A-10s, scheduled for April, is part of a broader plan that also calls for retaining modest naval and ground forces in the Middle East region, the report added, citing U.S. officials.

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